John H. Clement

Tammy Davis submitted this narrative on John H. Clement- she has contributed a large majority of material on this website!

This is really a treasure!
John H Clement

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John H. Clement, an important factor in the affairs of Madison Township, Grant County, was born in Northwestern Georgia, December 12, 1845.  He is the son of James W. Clement, a native of South Carolina, and his wife, Clarenda Clement (nee Trammel), of Georgia birth.  The former died in Grant County, Arkansas., in 1878, in his fifty-fifth year.  His wife is living with her children in Grant County.  In 1855, James Clement and his wife moved to Mississippi, where they remained four years, removing thence to Arkansas in 1859, and locating in this neighborhood on a farm.  During the war, he was in the Confederate service for 12 months, taking part in no engagement, however.  Himself and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for many years.  He was a Mason and a Granger, and in politics voted the Republican ticket.

His career as a farmer was a very successful one. By his marriage he became the father of twelve children, of whom John H. was the eldest. Six of the children are now living, all in Grant County except Joseph A., who is in the wagon yard business in Pine Bluff, this state. The principal in this sketch, John H., received his education in the country schools of Georgia, Mississippi and Arkansas. In the last days of the war he enlisted in the Federal Infantry, Company H, 16th Iowa Regiment, and after the war remained with his father until 1867, where he commenced to farm for himself, engaging in that occupation ever since. Upon beginning, he was very limited in his resources, but today owns 390 acres of find land as Grant County contains.

His prosperity is the legitimate outcome of his untiring energy and able management. On September 5, 1867, he was married to Catharine Wafford, daughter of James L. Wafford, of Grant County. She was born in this neighborhood, March 22, 1848. The result of this union was the birth of eleven children: Clarinda D (wife of James Trammel, mail contractor of Montgomery County, this state), James L., and Mary E. (at home), Marth F. (deceased in infancy, Susie M. (at home), Noah J., Sarah L., Willie, Johnnie, Charles, Georgia (deceased in her fourth year). Mr. Clement is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, while his wife is a Baptist. He is a member of the Masonic order, and a Republican in politics. No enterprise having as an ultimatum the welfare of the county, fails in finding the endorsement of Mr. Clement. He is always on the side of good government and advancement in public affairs.

Clement Reunion Facts

The Clement Family Reunion this year had a great sermon, wonderful food, and enjoyable company as always.  The cemetery looked beautifully decorated!  New members were elected to the committee and history was discussed.

Did you know that the reunion has been meeting since 1950?

Did you know that the oldest grave in the cemetery is Susanah Clement Kite?

Did you know that the original cemetery was flooded so they began burying at this location?

If you have more facts about the reunion or the cemetery, send them in or comment away and I will post them on the blog!

Watts, Clement, and Hall family photos

This was submitted by Betty Hartwick through Susan Long.

Benjamin_&_Martha_Jane_Watts_Clement,_back_row_l-r_Jesse,_Pick,_Joe,_froontrow,_Cyena_&_James-1Backrow: Benjamin and Martha Jane Watts Clement; Front row: Jesse, Pick, Joe

L-R_Benjamin_Franklin_clement,_Martha_Jane_Watts_Clement,_Grandpa_Watts(Martha's_father)-1Left to right: Bejamin Franklin Clement, Martha Jane Watts Clements, Grandpa Watts (Martha’s father)

Alexander_Watts_&_Clarenda_Watts,_parents_of_Martha_Jane_Clement,_BenjaminFranklin_Clement_parents_of_Joseph_Henry_Clement,_father_of_Jane_ClementHall_mother_of_Donald_Hall-1Alexander Watts and Clarenda Watts, parents of Martha Jane Clement, Benjamin Franklin Clement, Joseph Henry Clement, Jane Clement Hall, Donald Hall

James_Alexander_Clement_brother_of_Myrtie_Clement_Walker-1James Alexander Clement, brother of Myrtie Clement Walker

L-R Walter & Lydia Woodfield, Euel & Mrytie Clement Walker, Joe & Jessie Mae Clement, Luther & Cyrena Clement, Pick & Gertrude Clement-2Left to right: Walter and Lydia Woodfield, Euel and Myrtie Clement Walker, Joe and Jessie Mae Clement, Luther & Cyrena Clement, Pick and Gertrude Clement

Joseph Laurens Blackerby and children

This was submitted on by Lucy Gunthorpe.
photo1Left: Martha Melissa Rosela Ellie Blackerby, second wife of Joseph L. Blackerby, holding baby, Carrie Elta, born 1888; Harp Earvin, born 1882, is standing. Joseph Lawrence is holding Ernest Lawrence, born 1885. He was twenty or more years older than his second wife.

Ernest Lawrence Blackerby was married to Henrietta Clement, daughter of Noah C. Clement and Virginia Lybrand.

Clarinda Trammel Clement and family

This photo was found by Susan Long on and submitted by username: Acoontz14.
John Hamilton ClementJohn Hamilton Clement (2)L to R
Clarinda (Trammel) Clement–Great Grandmother
J.H. Clement (John Hamilton)–Grandfather
Catherine Wofford Clement–Grandmother
James L. Clement–father of Lester, Bertha, Irma, Nellie, Ella)
Mollie Crowder–Floyd
Lillie L Tay????–no children
Willie C. Sharpe–Bernice &?  (two others died)
Noah–(Ethel Smith, B??, John Hamilton, Sallie Catherine, Alice, Noah Dee)
John–no children
Charlie–no children

Not dated.

This photo was found on and submitted by username: bettybledsoe158
1900s cotton picking clarinda
Not dated.

Aron James Clement “Bubba” “Short” “AJ”

AJ is my grandpa and he was born at Robert Fike’s Place (a sawmill camp).  Even though he was the tallest of his sibling group, he was nicknamed “Short” because he was small enough as a baby that he could fit into his Grandpa’s size 7 shoe box.

AJ babyAron James Clement was actually born Aaron Jake Clement, though.  He had trouble receiving pay while in the army because they kept making the roll entry out to Aron James Clement.  He changed his name to match the army payroll and used that name from then on.  Later in life, he used the initials”AJ.”

Grandpa was called to San Diego for training for WW2.  Most of the men who had been called there ended up having to go to Japan, but Grandpa’s number was one of the few that was not called.  Instead, his journey included a military tour in Europe, as a Military Police.  He started in England (where he was stabbed by a fellow American who was trying to evade service), crossed the Seine river with Patton, and fought at Normandy as a Military Policeman.

Aaron Jake aka Aron James Clement for websiteThis is AJ, with his first wife Sarah Elizabeth Gibbs, and their first three children. Top right: Ray; Bottom left: John; Bottom right: Everett, my Dad.

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Two generations: Joseph Martin Clement and sons

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Hubert, with spouse, Ruth Clement.  This was the last photo prior to his passing.

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Clement boys (brothers): Hubert, Herbert, Lavon and Jack

Hubert's parents
Hubert’s parents; Joseph Martin Clement and Nancy Hattie (Gennett) Clement

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A picture of Herbert Clement, after he came back from India, in World War 2.

Submitted by Tammy Clement, child of Hubert Clement